The studio originally consisted of a main recording studio and a cutting room (cutting room completed in January 1977), with a mix room and second studio being added later. The rooms were all designed by Eastlake's Tom Hidley, except for Studio 2 which was too small for a full Eastlake treatment. Before Utopia Studios, the first studio to set-up in Spencer Court was Sound Developments Studio, established in 1971 by Roger Sinclair.
Utopia was sold in 1991 to John Hudson and Kate Hudson, owners of Mayfair Studios, and was rebranded as "Mayfair Village", ultimately closing in June 1992.
Discs cut at Utopia are usually identifiable by the "lyre symbol" etched in the runout area of vinyl releases often displayed as "ƱTOPIA" or just by the "Ʊ".
Discs cut for Phonodisc Ltd. can be identified by //x UT (March 1969 until February 1979).
Discs cut for PRS Ltd. can be identified by ▽E UT (February 1979 - December 1981) and by ▽420 U (January 1982 - mid 1988).
Discs cut for Lyntone Recordings Ltd. can be identified by a tailing 1U / 2U and later by a tailing IUT or 2UT.
Known recordings engineers who worked there include:
Chris Brown (8),
Known mastering engineers include:
Ian Cooper (1976 - 1979),
Gordon Vicary [1978 - 1981),
Kevin Metcalfe (1979 - 1983),
Steve Angel (1981 - 1988),
Miles Showell (1984 - 1989),
Noel Summerville (1989-1990)